Arch provides coordinated and collaborative, trauma-informed support for people who are affected by sexual harm as a result of sexual violence.
‘Sexual harm’ is the emotional and physical harm generated through a sexual offence or offences, including a criminal act or acts against a person or people. (Altered Not Defined, UK)
‘Sexual violence’ is sexual activity that a person has not agreed to, such as sexual intercourse or sexual touching. It may be one-off or part of an abuse pattern of behaviour that someone uses to gain power and control.
For more information about types of sexual violence visit 1800 RESPECT.
Agreement to sexual activity must be given freely. A person cannot agree to sexual activity if:
- they are a child or young person under the age of consent
- they say or do nothing to communicate agreement
- they are asleep, unconscious or so affected by alcohol or a drug that they cannot rationally agree
- they are unable to understand what is happening
- they only agree or submit because they have been forced or threatened
- they were overpowered by the nature or the position of the other person/s
- they were tricked or reasonably thought the other person/s was somebody else.